Djokovic reigns supreme at Australian Open

2015-02-01 17:27

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Novak Djokovic may have garnered a reputation as the crown prince of pranksters in tennis but today he firmly established him as the king of Melbourne’s blue hardcourts with his fifth Australian Open title.

The 27-year-old Serb, limping from two slips on court, breathing heavily and battling a “physical crisis”, overcame a fired-up Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 to clinch his fourth Australian title in the past five years.

It was his eighth grand slam title overall.

He also overcame a slight shift in momentum in the second set when security staff had to remove a group of people, two of whom managed to jump on court but did not get near the players, protesting Australia’s policy on refugees.

“We both, of course, went through some tough moments physically,” Djokovic said. “I went through the physical crisis in the matter of 20 minutes ... end of the second, beginning of the third.

“Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That’s what I did.”

Since Djokovic won his first grand slam title in 2008 he has compiled a 47-3 record in Melbourne. His reign means he has the record for most Australian Open titles in the Open era, one behind Australia’s Roy Emerson who dominated in the 1960s.

“This tournament by far has been my most successful tournament in my life, in my career. I enjoy playing here, enjoy coming back,” he said.

“Being mentioned in the elite group of legends in our sport is a huge privilege and honour.”

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